Football preview: The area’s best student sections

Lake Zurich football fans get fired up during a game last season. | File
Lake Zurich football fans get fired up during a game last season. | File

Lake Zurich

The Bears’ student section is one of the most raucous in the state, with the participants in their Friday night whiteouts often outnumbering the entire opposing fan section. It appears to be helping their performance. Since 2010, the Bears are 25-3 at home.

Stevenson

Whenever the opposing team’s bus pulls into the parking lot next to Stevenson’s stadium in Lincolnshire, odds are strong it won’t be leaving with a win. The Patriots have not dropped a North Suburban Conference home game since 2008.

Lake Forest

In 2007, the Scouts moved from Lindenmeyer Field on the school’s east campus to Varsity Field, a turf field located on the school’s west campus. The move has coincided with the program’s resurgence. Since 2010, the Scouts are 20-3 at home, 9-3 in North Suburban Conference play.

Nazareth

Without lights, the party starts early Saturday at Valenta Stadium with tailgating in the parking lot. Each game features a different costumed theme. Nazareth students have worn deer hunting camouflage and Hawaiian shirts for Parrothead festivities.

Fenwick

Since the Friars do not have an on-campus stadium, it would be reasonable to think the team has a hard time drawing students to games. The flag-waving Friars fans still find ways to create a home-field advantage. Fenwick will again be playing five home games at two different stadiums.

Lyons

The LT Weirdos (@LTWeirdos) have their own Twitter handle, which was created last football season. The students pulled off their biggest stunt last football season when more than 100 of them rode their bikes from Lyons to Hinsdale Central for a Saturday afternoon homecoming game.

Glenbrook North

The fans of the Spartans have been known to show their support by dressing up in crazy clothing on game days. The team has done its part to encourage patronage by making the postseason in four of the last five seasons.

Notre Dame

The all-boys school routinely has one of the loudest sections in the area. The Dons have given the fans something to cheer about by winning at least one playoff game in each of the last two seasons, including a run to the Class 6A quarterfinals in 2012.

Loyola

It’s easy to be an enthusiastic and supportive fan section when your team has gone 36-5 over the last three seasons and played for two Class 8A titles. The Ramblers also play a schedule that usually features some of the Chicago-area’s best teams and that makes for competitive games.

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